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July 15, 2013 at 7:07 AM

Microsoft drops price on Surface RT

Microsoft has dropped the price on its Surface RT tablets.

The 32 GB price has dropped from $499 to $349; the 64 GB from $599 to $449.

A keyboard Touch Cover to go along with the tablet will cost $100 extra. The Type Cover, with a more traditional keyboard feel, will still cost $130 extra.

Surface RT is the less expensive, less powerful version of Microsoft’s Surface tablets. While the more powerful Surface Pro runs Windows 8 and is backwards compatible with programs that run on current or past versions of Windows, the Surface RT runs a sort of “Windows 8 lite” that is not backwards compatible and works only with apps designed for the new Windows 8 tile interface.

Microsoft has never revealed sales figures for its Surface tablets, but analysts have estimated that sales of the Surface RT have been below expectations and lagged behind those of the Surface Pro.

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